I'm not saying the Republican Party is perfect but somewhere along the way you have to look around at the people who are in your group and ask yourself if you want to be associated with them. Just like when our parents used to tell us the people we hung out with shaped our reputations.
I don't want to be associated with rioters. I don't want to be associated with young people who don't have a clue about the real world. My value system isn't in-line with many people in the entertainment industry. Voters from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, don't have the same ideology I have towards individual accountability and the role of government. I don't want to be in a political party that indexes so low in serving their country in the military. I don't have the same mentality of atheists. And I very much don't want to be associated with a political party that lives by double standards and I have countless examples.
The latest is the extreme double standards by liberals defending Kathy Griffin regarding her disgusting picture holding the bloody, severed head, of President Donald Trump. Could you imagine the uproar from these very same liberals if Tim Allen (a Republican comedian), were to have displayed the very same picture but with him holding the head of President Obama? Celebrities would be demonizing Allen. Democratic leadership would demand investigations into him by the FBI and Secret Service. Some advertisers would pull out of sponsoring his sit-com: Last Man Standing. The nightly news programs would dig deep into his past to negatively exploit his character.
None of this is pie in the sky conjecture on my part. The same liberals supporting Griffin would do everything in their power to take down Tim Allen. Absolutely no one could convince me that liberals would protect Tim Allen if the roles were reversed. If you're reading this and are supporting Griffin by claiming "Freedom of Speech," dig down deep and see if you can convince yourself you'd proclaim the same if it were Obama's severed head.
Double standards is one of my major pet peeves thus why I'm not a registered Democrat. It doesn't mean that I don't sometimes support Democrat candidates. It's highly likely that if Biden put his hat in the ring that I would've voted for him. I think the DNC made a huge mistake backing Clinton and not doing whatever they could to convince him to run. I mention this so you know it isn't that I'm a hard-core conservative who hates the Democratic Party. I consider my membership in the Republican Party to be the lesser of two evils.
I'm by far from being a perfect person but I had to draw a line in the sand and choose sides. I'm not a proud Republican, but I'd be an even more embarrassed Democrat. You might feel just the opposite based on your own ideology which I respect, I hope you respect mine as well. The way I look at it, if everyone were perfect, there wouldn't be a big enough space for the Republican National Convention. :)